Super Moist Chocolate Cake Recipe from Scratch

One needs to have an amazing moist chocolate cake recipe in their arsenal. When you’ve got 2 hours to come up with a dessert for that event you got invited to last minute it will save the day. And in your kid’s heads it will cement the indisputable fact that yes, you are a parenting superhero.

One taste and this will recipe will become your go-to.

The cake comes out so fluffy it stays moist for a week. But I can hardly imagine a scenario where it would ever last that long! It’s just too good!

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I love visual instructions so I made an image as well as a 4″x6″ printable recipe card with the visual instructions (Go to the bottom of the post for download instructions). I think these are really handy so I’m planning to make lots more. So if you like it, let me know in the comments. You can also print the full, written recipe a little bit below.

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Of course, you’ll need frosting to go with the cake! I recommend my amazingly good Swiss meringue buttercream frosting.

For this cake, I added raspberry jam to the frosting for the inside filling and used plain vanilla frosting for the outside. Some chocolate sprinkles and a cherry and voila!

chocolate cake on a pedestal with chocolate sprinkles on top and a cherry in the middle on a green pedestal - Press Print Party!


Moist chocolate cake with white frosting and berry filling on a green pedestal with a cherry on top - Press Print Party!

This recipe doesn’t call for buttermilk. Really, who keeps buttermilk in their fridge at all times? But we all have veggie oil and milk. So no trip to the store needed.

But the recipe calls for Cognac. I’m a Frenchie and we like to put liquor in our cake batters. It really enhances the flavor and you can actually use any liquor you want. Each imparts its own flavors. Rum, Brandy, or Grand-Marnier would also work well. You can also skip it altogether.

If you’re worried about the alcohol content, keep in mind that the alcohol burns up during cooking.

Coffee lovers! If you’d like a mocha flavor, you can replace the boiling water with hot coffee. In that case, I’d probably use Kahlua as the liquor.

To know if the cake is done, insert a toothpick in the middle, if it comes out clean, it’s done! Look at this beauty just out of the oven!!! Yum Yum!

chocolate cake in pan out of the oven

Moist chocolate cake with white frosting and berry filling on a green pedestal with a cherry on top - Press Print Party!
5 from 2 votes

Super Moist Chocolate Cake from Scratch

Course Dessert
Keyword cake, dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12
Author Nathalie Brown


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup oil Canola
  • 2 Tbsp cognac (or other liquor) optional
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup boiling water


  1. Mix all dry ingredients.

  2. Add all wet ingredients except water - Mix.

  3. Add boiling water and mix. The batter will be thin.

  4. Bake in 2 greased and wax paper lined 9" pans, or 1 9"x13" pan at 350° for 35-40 mins. Test that the cake is done by inserting a toothpick in the middle. If it comes out clean, it's done.

Recipe Notes

You can use any liquor you choose. Each will impart its own flavors. Rum, Brandy, or Grand Marnier also work beautifully. You can also just skip it if you feel strongly. The alcohol burns up during the cooking though, if you're worried about a boozy cake.

The boiling water can also be replaced by hot coffee. In that case, I would replace the cognac with Kahlua.

Of course you can use this recipe to make cupcakes too.

Moist chocolate cake with white frosting and berry filling on a green pedestal with a cherry on top and a piece of cut cake in the foregroud- Press Print Party!

You can do this! A homemade chocolate cake with homemade frosting is very doable. Especially with easy visual instructions! Now to fetch my foolproof Meringue Buttercream recipe and frost that baby!

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15 thoughts on “Super Moist Chocolate Cake Recipe from Scratch

  1. alex says:

    wow, its looks so delicious and yummy. i just want to taste this cake . its looking so beautiful. i must try this. thanks for sharing this amazing article about moist chocolate cake from scratch.

  2. Bri Adams says:

    I’m trying to get away from sweets but you still need a birthday cake now and then! This looks AMAZING! I’m definitely going to have to try it next time I need an excuse for chocolate. hank you for the cool visual recipe.

  3. Lori says:

    This looks fabulous! I’m such a coffee lover! I’m not great at making layered cakes look good but as long as it tastes good, who cares. Haha.

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